Can You Become 56 Percent Better At Presenting–Instantly?

Anyone who’s read a public speaking book or attended a presentation course has likely heard the advice to speak with “open” body language.

Hand gestures are a key part of that advice—and you may be surprised by how much the “little” things matter when it comes to the impression audiences form of you.

Allan and Barbara Pease,


Aha! I Knew That’s Why You Were Crossing Your Arms!

When our new trainees arrive at their first media training sessions, they tend to be a little nervous. They know they’re going to be interviewed in front of their peers, and their fear of failure usually provokes at least a little bit of anxiety.

So when I look around the room at the beginning of the

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Read These Books: Public Speaking, Media Training & Crisis

Note: This page is regularly updated with new books. 

I’ve read dozens of books that focus on media training, crisis management, body language, and public speaking. Many of them are quite good—but a select few have become favorites.

In this post, I list some of my all-time favorites. This isn’t a comprehensive list, as there are


Five Things You Should Know About Body Language

Yesterday, I reviewed Joe Navarro’s excellent book What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People.

Today, I’m going to highlight five things I learned about body language from his book. The excerpts I’ve selected will offer you some fascinating insights into what the eyes, shoulders, hands, thumbs, and legs communicate to others,


Book Review: What Every BODY Is Saying

You can’t turn on cable news these days without coming across some “body language expert.” 

No licensing agency verifies the claims of those self-professed experts, so it’s no surprise that many of them come across with the credibility of a roadside psychic. I regularly roll my eyes at cable news segments that feature these allegedly wise

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